We have exciting news! The Chester Bowl Improvement Club Board of Directors and staff are in the early stages of planning an expansion and renovation of the Thom Storm Chalet, and we want you to participate in the process!
If you have spent time in the chalet during ski and snowboard season- or during summer camp- you have seen that our building is not large enough to fully accommodate everyone who wants to be part of our programs. In fact, we had to limit summer camp registration based on the available indoor space for rainy days, and some days filled four hours after registration opened! We also recognize that the building is deteriorating and is very energy in-efficient.
The Board of Directors has been working with LHB Corporation to develop an initial design plan to present for public comment. We have three meetings planned to gather public input on the proposed renovation and expansion to the Thom Storm Chalet and share our work on this project to date. The public meetings will take place on:
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016, 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, 6:00 pm
All public meetings will take place at: Central Hillside Center, 12 E 4th Street
In November, 2014, the City of Duluth approved the Chester Park Mini-Master Plan to guide future use and development in Chester Bowl Park. One specific concept included was a chalet renovation and expansion. Click here for more information. At these meetings, the CBIC will present the process to date of the Mini-Master Plan and the needs and factors leading to the chalet redesign. LHB Corporation will then present the current design concept and solicit comments and feedback on the design. Each meeting will build on the last as comments and changes may be worked into the design concept. After the public process, the final plan will proceed to the Parks Commission, the Planning Commission, and the City Council for approval before fundraising and construction will begin. This project is a partnership between the CBIC and the City of Duluth.
If you are unable to attend the meetings, you may email comments to Dave Schaeffer with the CBIC at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail comments to the Chester Bowl Improvement Club, 1801 E Skyline Pkwy, Duluth, MN 55812.
You can see the press release from the City of Duluth at this link.
Please join us at the public meetings and invite your friends! We need your ideas and participation to ensure that we build the best chalet possible!